Free presentations provide fresh perspective on workplace safety
An effective presentation is a key way to deliver safety messages that can both increase awareness about specific issues and lead to behaviour change.
The John Petropoulos Memorial Fund (JPMF) has now developed a professional Safety Presentation Program, through which our speakers can go out into communities to deliver powerful presentations to companies, organizations and conferences that reinforce this safety message: when you make your workplace safe for emergency responders who may have to attend a premise, you make it safer for everyone.
When possible, our safety presentations include a first responder from the local community to be on hand for the Q&A portion of the event. We have found this to be very effective in terms of engaging participation from the audience and it lends another layer of perspective for the audience.
The JPMF’s safety messages provide a different perspective on workplace safety – that of a first responder who may have to attend a premise during an emergency, such as a crime in progress, a fire, or a medical situation. Our messages are relevant to all workers because when you make workplaces and roads safer for first responders, you make conditions safer for everyone.
WHO SHOULD BE INTERESTED IN OUR PRESENTATIONS?
Our safety presentations are tailored specifically to the audiences we present to. We work with those who book presentations to make sure the content is relevant and the discussion is useful for those in attendance. Here’s an overview of the audiences our presentations appeal to:
- Energy/Oil & Gas
- Service Industry
- Small Business
- Safety Professionals
- Driver Training Programs
- Transportation Companies
- Cab Companies
- Transit Operators
- Elementary Schools
- Junior High Schools
- High Schools
- Colleges/Universities/Post-Secondary Institutes
- Educators (Professional Development)
- School Caretakers
- First Responder Departments
- Police, Firefighter and Paramedic Associations
- Emergency Responder Recruit Classes
- Victim Services Units
- 911 Operators/Dispatchers
- Safety Meetings
- Community Events
- North American Occupational Safety & Health (NAOSH) Week
Jody Laird – As a 911 dispatcher in Calgary, Jody is the ear on the other end of the radio for police officers and she takes the task of helping them get home at the end of each shift seriously. Jody is very passionate about public speaking and has delivered keynote speeches and presentations across Alberta on a variety of topics. She lives in Airdrie with her two children and her husband, a police officer and JPMF Board Member.
Lindsey Jepson – Becoming an EMT was a natural fit with Lindsey’s social work background and passion for front line emergency service work. Knowing first hand what first responders face each shift is what drives her desire to make sure they arrive home safely and emotionally intact. Lindsey is the daughter of a retired police officer and lives with her husband and three kids in Calgary.
Cliff O’Brien – Cliff is an Inspector with the Calgary Police Service and he also serves as a Director with the JPMF. A founding member of the Memorial Fund, Cliff was a good friend and classmate of John’s. He is proud to talk about workplace and traffic safety in an effort to prevent future injuries and fatalities to first responders.
- Occupational Health & Safety (OHS)
- Traffic Safety
- First Responder Safety
- Safety Culture
- Safety Performance
- Safety News and Trends
- Safety Videos
- Hazard Identification
- Effective Communication
- Distracted Driving
- Yielding to Emergency Vehicles
- Slow Down/Move Over legislation
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Emergency Responder Psychology
- Stress Management
- Safety tips/discussions specific to your audience
Safety Presentation Format
Over the years, our speakers have given hundreds of presentations to individual companies and organizations, students and conferences. The basic format of these presentations is to use the story of Const. John Petropoulos’ death as a powerful example of why workplace safety measures need to be in place for everyone who may attend a premise – and how to help make that happen.
Our five 30-second TV ads and the Put Yourself in Our Boots safety video are shown during presentations to provide further tangible examples of how, with the public’s help, the risks facing emergency responders – from the physical environments they work in – can be significantly minimized. If someone makes a change to a workplace that makes it safer for first responders who may attend, they have also made it safer for everyone, including their own workers, service workers, visitors, clients, etc.
GOALS OF PROGRAM
- To further increase public awareness about the importance of considering first responders when implementing OH&S practices
- To further the overall goal of workplace safety initiatives and create a culture of safer workplaces for all
- To determine the number of workplaces that actually make tangible changes to their premise after hearing our presentations
“Your presentation drives a strong message and we will incorporate this material into our safety awareness presentations.”
- Comment from Grande Prairie presentation
“I enjoyed this presentation. Make this presentation available to every organization if possible.”
- Feedback from Lethbridge presentation
“Excellent presentation! The PSAs were really informative.”
- Comment from Calgary presentation
“On a personal note, my father was killed in a workplace accident many years ago and because of something, like so many workplace accidents, that could have been very easily changed or rectified – ‘one person makes a difference.’ So I thank you sincerely from the bottom of my heart for continuing to convey the importance and simplicity of this message.”
“This presentation has great content. It provides a change of perspective on safety.”
- Feedback from Grande Prairie presentation
If you’ve seen one of our safety presentations, please take the time to fill out the following forms and send them to Safety Presentation Program Coordinator Carolee Israel Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org
The information you provide will give us valuable insights into our safety presentations and workplace safety. It will also help us in receiving grant funding in support of the Safety Presentation Program. If you saw one of our presentations and you appreciated it – or even if you’re critical of it – please provide feedback. It is very useful information.
Presentation aims to save lives of first responders by Patrick Callan, Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune
Workplace safety about more than hardhats by Elizabeth McSheffrey, Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune
Helping to Protect Our Protectors by Paul Everest, Olds Albertan